The health benefits of wine have been reiterated in a new book called the Wine Diet.
Professor Roger Corder has traced the historical grounds for the belief that a glass of wine a day can have health benefits; from Hippocrates' use of wine as an antiseptic, to the Lyon Heart Study which examined the benefits of a Mediterranean diet in 2001.
The Lyon Heart study found that, when ignoring other dietary factors, drinking between two and four glasses of wine a day reduced the number of new heart attacks by half.
In the US, a recent study found a compound in red wine that improves the health and longevity of mice in a laboratory.
"Wine drinkers are generally healthier and often live longer," Professor Corder told the Telegraph.
"This is not wishful thinking. I have spent many years researching the health-giving benefits of wine and have found that wine drinkers are less likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes and dementia in old age."
Professor Corder claims that his Wine Diet will give "a fresh outlook on how to stay healthy", from the perspective of fundamental care such as fresh food and wine.